Tangerine Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great creek, 100 ft. waterfall, some poison oak, rock hopping, shady and cool This hike starts out as an relatively easy uphill climb. At one point, the trail forks and splits off. The way to Tangerine Falls starts to the right. This part of the trail becomes somewhat rocky, and some scrambling is required. Watch out for Poison Oak! The trail is very nice and mostly shady. The creek running through the length of the trail is very nice also. Towards the end of the hike, there is a little waterfall to the right. This is not Tangerine Falls, but still a very nice little waterfall. When it seems difficult to go any farther, keep going! The trail turns into a moderate rock climb, but no special equipment is required at all. Keep looking to the right for Tangerine Falls. When you finally get to the Falls, you will come upon a big boulder. The rock is climbable, but it takes some doing. After standing there for a few minutes, I finally found some satisfactory footholds. Look closely, and be creative, but careful. You will find your way up.
be ready to climb some rocks. there was no water when we went, but the view is pretty!
One of my favorite trails. Much better when there is water. Kind of hard to find, but that is half the fun!
3/27/2013: (about 4 miles up one way) If you like to go up, take the left trail that goes up above the falls, crosses the creek, then continues up and up to Camino Cielo. This is not the West Fork Trail that connects to Gibraltar Road. This goes around the falls then practically straight up to Camino Cielo.
The West Fork Cold Springs trail is very well maintained so the overgrown and poorly maintained Tangerine Trail is hard to find by comparison. Passed it once and had to turn back. If you reach the water tunnel on the West fork you have gone to far. Lot's of Poison Oak. My fianc got Poison Oak and I got a tick. The mountain fought back that day and we lost. Had to turn back before reaching the falls. Will try again after I finish my antibiotics and she completes her Predisone prescription.
It was a great hike but dissapointed when I got to the falls. There was very little water but other than that the hike was great. The trail is very confusing but if you stick to the river you should make it to the falls. I probably would recommend trying to get to the falls in the spring or summer when the falls are actually going.
Took this trail twice in July, got lost both times. Very many trails. The rock hopping near the end got a little intimidating at times but the vast majority of the trail is well packed. There was some flowing water and collected pools. Saw a wild salamander, that was neat! No snakes, no bug bites, and easily seen poison oak which is always nice. :]
This would probably get 5 stars if I could have actually found the falls. What water pipes? It was gone in 100 yards. Great trail overall, though. Lots of variation- stream crossing, bouldering, switchbacks, and not a lot of real steep spots.
Great hike. Highly recommend.